Social Distancing? Get Outside in Nature!

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Now is a great time to Get Outside, exercise, and enjoy the healing power of nature. Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) trails at Ashland, DEEC, and Abbott’s Mill remain open and we simply ask you maintain a safe social distance.

The community has been good to DelNature and we want to return the favor with fun ideas, tips, and educational materials that can all be accessed from your own home.

10 Fun Outdoor Activities for Adults and Families

Special Spot Outdoors painting

1) Create Your Special Spot Outdoors

Place a blanket, cushions, or chairs under a tree or in a garden. Maybe hang a bird feeder nearby. Read, relax, and enjoy a change of scenery. If you have a mobile device, check out our Nature of Delaware blog while you relax outdoors.

Visit our trails at Ashland, DEEC, and Abbott’s Mill

2) Visit our trails at Ashland, DEEC,
and Abbott’s Mill

Hike rolling hills, forests, marshes, and bubbling creeks at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford and Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin.

Walk the pond loop and gardens at DuPont Environmental Education Center on Wilmington’s Riverfront and bike or walk Jack A. Markell Trail.

Your support makes our trails possible.

Help Nature Research with iNaturalist

3) Help Nature Research

Download the iNaturalist app to your phone and snap photos of plants and animals and submit it to the site. Kids can then see if others agree with their sighting submission, and research the life histories of the plants and animals they find in their yards.

At Ashland? You’re helping out Ashland’s biodiversity study project when you use iNaturalist on Ashland’s land!

Social Distancing Rainbow for Hope Coronavirus

4) Send us a rainbow!

Join a wonderful trend – children (and those young-at-heart) are creating and posting rainbow drawings as a message of hope. Create yours today and share a photo with us on Facebook to spread the message!

Build a Fairy or Hobbit House

5) Build a Fairy or Hobbit House

Our summer campers love this activity! Go into your backyard or go on a hike to gather cool bits of nature into a bag. When you get home build them into a little home for fairies or hobbits!

Grow a Seed and Reuse at the Same Time

6) Grow a Seed and Reuse at the Same Time!

Save seeds from an orange, avocado, or anything you’ve eaten and grow them in reused containers (yogurt cups, egg cartons) with these tips.

Ranger Rick Education Guide Homeschool

7) Let Ranger Rick Entertain and Educate your Kids

Start Your Spring Garden with Wildlife-helping Plants

8) Start Your Spring Garden with Wildlife-helping Plants

Now is the time to prep your garden for spring and think about how you can help pollinators, birds, and wildlife. Learn how to combat the spread of non-native species.

Brighten Everyone's Day with Nature Photos and Videos

9) Brighten Everyone’s Day with Nature Photos and Videos

Take the Daily Nature Photo Challenge! Take a photo or video of nature each day and post it on social media, tagging Delaware Nature Society. It’ll brighten the day of others, especiallys those who can’t get outside. We can all use a little more beauty in our online socializing!

Animal Tracks

10) More Fun Outdoor Activities In Your Yard or at a Park

Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt (printout).
See a tree? Find out what it’s called! If you see mud, there could be raccoon, opossum, bird or other wildlife tracks in it. Learn what tracks go with what animal. If you see or hear a bird, you can figure out which bird it is!

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Recipe of the Week

Slow Roasted Oregano Chicken with Buttered Tomatoes

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Daily Updates on Facebook

Themes over the coming weeks:

Mar 23:
Get Outside

Mar 28:
Birds and Beasties

Apr 4:
Nature Needs Natives

Apr 11:
Healing Power of Nature

Apr 18:
Animal Babies

Apr 24:
Summer Fun Preview

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